When I spoke to Shehanne, she said she'd like to get readers of this post involved in a mystery, with a wonderful prize for those who solve it. It's not a difficult problem to solve, and it is a lot of fun.
Here's what Shehanne said when I screwed up my eyes at the mention of the word 'reticule', not sure I'd ever heard the word before.
So? Just what is a reticule exactly? Before anyone should get too excited, like one of my blog readers did that day, it’s a woman’s handbag.
My heroines carry them a lot in my book. Being a historical author you try to give a little authenticity. I’m just not sure that any of my heroines would carry one like that one. Dress Like this either. I mean I just cannot imagine my heroine Lady Fury taking a swing at the hero, Captain Flint, dressed like that.
Noelle Clark, a million hugs for inviting me to your lovely blog today. I haven’t brought the hamstah dudes along which means they will moan more than ever and you just might have to ask them back. I haven’t brought my reticule either. What I have is a little picture of four bags.
And I have four heroines. So I am wondering how easy it is from the description to match the heroine to the bag.
We can get to the contents later. Fury’s is likely to be a brick given the amount of swipes she takes with that bag, whereas my new heroine, Lady Malice, well, she likes to keep cards in hers. Her business cards.
So, what do we know of these ladies?
Well, the heroine of the Unravelling of Lady Fury as you might guess has a great fondness for silks, satins, perfumes, spending money she does not have, dressing in evening gowns at ten in the morning and despite everything, the hero. She’s a lady, don’t you know? At least she things she is and her taste reflects that. She’s also a pirate’s lady….
Next up, Kara McGurkie from His Judas Bride.
Well, the title speaks for itself, doesn’t it, if you think about these things brides have?
Her bag probably contains a wedding garter…for strangling the groom with.
Did I also say my heroines are a bit like that?
Kind of ready to commit murder if need be?
Sapphire, the heroine of Loving Lady Lazuli, doesn’t quite go that far but like Fury, she does have a corpse to dispose of.
What can I tell you about Sapphire? She’s an ex jewel thief, doing the poor grieving widow bit. But her reticule isn’t very likely to have anything in it. God no. She’s more than likely to plant her ill gotten gains on you…although there was that one time she didn’t….
Malice isn’t quite all she seems and I think her reticule reflects that fact.
We’ve been talking reticules. I think it’s time for an extract concerning one.
She snapped her reticule open. In it, in addition to the other things ladies kept in their handbags, was a gauze square. It was not the one she had worn that night she attempted to seduce him, obviously. That had been trodden underfoot or tied around the head or hips of some Viking, or other. But it was similar. The gauze square was nothing to her business card.
That she removed and pressed into his hand.
“I believe you contacted this agency.”
“Malice...” The manner—the starkly horrified manner-- in which his brown eyes roamed it, spoke oceans.
“Yes?” She shrugged her scantily clad shoulders.
“That was... That was...”
“Obnoxious of you. Especially the lies you told. About me.”
“Malice, whatever, whoever said such things about you...”
She held up a gloved hand. “Cyril, before you go further, there is something you should know.”
“I am Strictly.”
Now I asked if you could guess whose handbag is whose? I’ve also numbered them. So why not guess in the comments box here, leaving your email addy and I’ll draw a winner from those who are right.
The book isn’t available till 29th July but I do happen to have a free copy of The Viking and The Courtesan for that person.
In 898 AD she wasn’t just from another land.Wrecking a marriage is generally no problem for the divorce obtaining, Lady
She came from another time.Viking raider Sin Gudrunsson wants one thing. To marry his childhood sweetheart. Only she’s left him before, so he needs to keep her on her toes, and a bed slave, in name only, seems just the thing. Until he meets Malice.One kiss is all it takes to flash between two worldsBut when one kiss is no longer enough, which will it be? Regency London? Or Viking Norway? Will Malice learn what governs the flashes? Can Sin?Where worlds collide can love melt the iciest heart?
Shehanne caused general apoplexy when she penned her first story, The Hore House Mystery—aged seven. What didn’t she work at while pursuing her dream of becoming a published author?
Visit her blog to find out about past releases and hear more about her forthcoming time-slip, The Viking and The Courtesan.